I will keep this post short and sweet…as work kicked my behind today. I got back to my hotel room after a physically exhausting ten-hour day of scanning countless lab areas, my arms, legs and back telling me I was done. But then my brain said: “When’s the next time you’ll be in Tennessee, surrounded by new places to disc golf?!” So my brain won the argument.

I looked at my map of unplayed disc golf courses in UDisc, and Powell Station Park in Powell, Tennessee seemed to be the most logical place to go for a quick round. The drive took longer than I expected, which didn’t add to my argument as my body’s Supreme Court was hearing opposing arguments from my arms, legs and back (ha). But when I finally pulled into the parking lot, I thought: “Okay, I can do this.”

i was getting a bit of a bad vibe from a man and woman sitting in a car next to where I had parked. Almost as if they were “scoping the place out.” But there were enough other people around the park where I didn’t feel unsafe, so I locked the car and headed for the first tee.

I didn’t play well, as my “everything” hurt! 🙂 But I gutted-out a -2 (25). An estimated round rating of 909. It was frustrating though. Slipping in the mud. Getting stuck behind two locals who decided that it would be a good thing to empty their bags on the tee and not let the guy playing a solo round behind them play through. Etc. But I got to at least add a “+1” to my Courses Played. And as I walked back to the car, the man and woman in the car parked next to me quickly started their car and took off (fast) out of the parking lot. With no damage done to either me or my rental car.

Magic Number = 434 (1,566 Courses Played)

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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re out “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.

About Derek

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Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA, the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.